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Rooms for Resistance: music and politics of body and pleasure in times of urgency

Grant number: 19/23340-8
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2021
Effective date (End): September 30, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Urban Anthropology
Principal researcher:Rose Satiko Gitirana Hikiji
Grantee:Gibran Teixeira Braga
Supervisor abroad: Mariana Maia Simoni
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Freie Universität Berlin, Germany  
Associated to the scholarship:18/10332-4 - Clubber musicking: body and subjectivity in underground electronic music scenes from São Paulo and Berlin, BP.PD


The objective of this research is to investigate an underground electronic dance music scene in Berlin. The main actors in the scene are collectives of artists, DJs, musicians and performers, many of whom are LGBTQ people. The collectives promote parties aiming to create safe spaces for the expression of gender and sexual diversity, as well as freer relations with time, body and pleasure. At a times when conservatism in Europe and Germany is rising, the scene is becoming increasingly politicized and represents a focus for resistance for non-normative bodies. In this sense, it is also producing new forms of locality in the city. The scene has a strong connection with a similarly effervescent scene in São Paulo, which is part of the main post-doctoral research, and for this reason it offers a unique window onto the production of bonds at a translocal level.

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